• The Center mourns the loss of a dear friend and tireless CVL supporter. click here

  • CVL councilmember and benefactor’s life remembered in the Dallas Morning here

  • Aging-themed issue of Nautilus Magazine explores cognitive benefits of learning a new game such as chess, cites here

  • ‘Fitizen’ group at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas learns about research at CVL. click here

  • CVL research published in JoN finds that some memories persist in the face of strong interference. click here

  • Dr. Sara Festini’s research probes busyness levels and cognitive here

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2015 BvB Dallas Game Benefits Center Research, Kennedy Lab

DALLAS – August 8, 2015 – After raising $440,000 last summer, BvB Dallas, the annual young-professionals powder-puff football game, raised $475,000 and recruited a large roster of players, coaches and supporting participants to tackle Alzheimer’s Disease this season.

Based on a competitive application process, BvB picked two beneficiaries for the 2015 season: Baylor AT&T Memory Center and the Kennedy Lab at UT Dallas’ Center for Vital Longevity at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Each player and coach, clad in Pink (Team Blonde) and Blue (Team Brunette), raised at least $1,000 to be on the field for the night game held at the Cotton Bowl on Aug. 8.

The final score was 45-8, with the Brunettes dominating even before the half-time show, in which Dr. Kennedy and other members of CVL were presented with a symbolic check.

“We are constantly searching to find the best and brightest in Alzheimer’s research in Texas, and we believe we’ve found two great facilities this season,” said Jennifer Bergman, BvB Dallas board president. “Over 75 percent of our participants connected to Alzheimer’s Disease.”

A portion of the funding will support Dr. Kristen Kennedy, who applied for the grant. Dr. Kennedy is genotyping participants in a study that involves DNA samples from some 180 people and counting. Dr. Kennedy has already found that a specific genetic variation present in a brain protein is associated with poorer age-related memory performance across four types of memory.

As part of the next phase of her research, and with funding from BvB Dallas’ grant, Dr. Kennedy intends to expand both the sample size being genotyped to 220 subjects, and the number of genes she will investigate.

About BvB Dallas: BvB Dallas is a young-professionals organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease research and care. Each year, the organization hosts a powder-puff football game as a personal way for young Dallas philanthropists to raise awareness, funds and support to help eradicate this grave disease. Founded in 2008 by a group of young professional women, BvB Dallas is a way to honor and remember loved ones who suffered or are suffering from Alzheimer’s and related diseases. BvB Dallas has raised more than $1.8 million in funds and has recruited more than 1,000 volunteers in seven years..